Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty In Zoe Restaurant Shooting

Modified: September 11, 2017 2:58pm

9/7/2017

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 30-year-old Christopher Boyd of Buffalo has pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, three counts of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Assault in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. 

On September 4, 2016 around 11 p.m. at Zoe Restaurant, 5711 Transit Road in the Town of Clarence, the defendant robbed and shot 44-year-old Alexander J. Pozantidis, the restaurant owner, as he was leaving with the proceeds of the day. Pozantidis was struck in the arm and chest, but survived the assault. 

On July 28, 2016, the defendant burglarized a home on Riverside Avenue in Buffalo and assaulted the homeowner. Later that same day, Boyd committed a carjacking in Buffalo where he stole a vehicle from a woman at gunpoint. 

On November 9, 2016, when Buffalo Police Officers, NYSP and parole officers located Boyd at a local deli, he was armed with a gun. 

Boyd faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced by Judge DiTullio on October 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. 

DA Flynn commends the investigative work of the New York State Police, NYS Department of Parole and the Buffalo Police Department. 

Joseph A. Agro, Deputy DA-Litigation and Assistant District Attorney Frank A. Strano prosecuted the case.